Industrial Revolution

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Industrial Revolution
  1. Context
    1. 1. The invention of the Steam Engine in 1789 made life quicker and more efficient. It made transportation a much easier process, producing a 'railway mania' in which 6800 miles of track was built in 1851.
      1. 2. Growth of cities was apparent, with population reaching 36 million by the early 1900's. This growth in population also meant a growth in industrys and factories. Many factory owners put profit above the health and safety of their workers. Children and young women were employed in terrible conditions in textile mills and mines. Furnaces were operated without proper safety checks. Workers in factories and mills were deafened by steam hammers and machinery. hours were long and there were no holidays.
        1. 3. The household rubbish was thrown out into the narrow streets and the air was filled with black smoke from the factories chimneys. Dirty streets and cramped living was a perfect breeding ground for diseases. More than 31,000 people died during an outbreak of cholera in 1832 . Houses were made further apart, rubbish collection was introduced and public health inspectors had to be provided by the local council. They basically had to go round whatever town or city they were employed in and check that sanitation and health of the people was alright.
          1. Prose
            1. 'It was a town of red brick, or brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it.'
              1. Written by Charles Dickens, 'Hard Times'. About a wealthy man named Gradgind who is in an industrialising town.
                1. Technique- Imagery.
                2. Poetry
                  1. 'For all day the wheels were turning, droning...'
                    1. Written by Elizabeth Browning, 'The Cry of the Children'. About the employment of childrenin mines and factories, politically motivated.
                      1. Technique- Imagery
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